Victoria - mandatory masks
Masks must be worn in public spaces
The Victorian Government has announced wearing masks will be made compulsory for people out in public including in rideshare in Melbourne and the adjacent Mitchell Shire from 11:59pm on Wednesday. It will be mandatory for anyone in a Shebah to be wearing a mask unless they fall under one of the following Government sanctioned reasons not to be covered:
People with a medical reason
Children under 12 years of age, or 12-year-olds if they're attending primary school
For professional reasons because it stops you doing your job, for example working in a call centre
A practical reason like when you go for a run
All Shebah drivers must wear a mask.
If a passenger is not wearing a mask and you are not comfortable with their reason, you may refuse the trip.
Update to CPV guidelines
Current Coronavirus (COVID-19) information relevant to commercial passenger vehicles can be found here:
The complete Victoria guidelines can be found here.
A summary of these guidelines can be found here.
For more information visit the CPVV COVID-19 page here.
Information for NSW can be found here.
Information for Queensland can be found here.
Information for ACT can be found here.
Information for South Australia can be found here.
Information for Western Australia can be found here.
Information for Northern Territory can be found here.
Information for Tasmania can be found here.
Committed to our communities
In the face of the unprecedented COVID-19 outbreak, Shebah is taking a number of precautionary measures to prevent further spread of the virus and to ensure our passengers and drivers feel safe travelling with the Shebah service.
During this time, Shebah will continue to operate safe transportation services for women, children and families. As always, the safety and welfare of everyone in our community, both passengers and drivers is our priority.
As such, our drivers are committed to continuing the service but we are all exercising precautions as advised by the Australian Government Health Department and World Health Organisation (WHO) to minimise the spread of Coronavirus in Australia.
Supporting those in need
How we can help
With our Shebah Drops feature, those affected by Coronavirus and are self-isolating are able to gain contactless access to necessary supplies.
Simply select the ‘drop’ button in the app and enter the details of your delivery and your items will be delivered straight to your front door. From your favourite food to your groceries, Shebah’s got you covered.
Important information for Drivers
Advice & instructions
All Shebah drivers must now follow and confirm a Daily Vehicle Cleaning Checklist, which will appear within the driver app. This will ensure a clean and safe service and compliance with the Government’s Environmental cleaning and disinfection principles. If a driver does not confirm, they will be unable to operate the driver app.
CLEAN VEHICLES THOROUGHLY
Ensure that vehicles are cleaned thoroughly and regularly to prevent passengers from spreading the virus from droplets (such as sneezing, coughing or vomiting). Make sure to clean surfaces, with appropriate alcohol based disinfectant wipes so that the potential spread of infection can be minimised. Drivers are reminded to clean handles specifically and other frequently touched areas. Drivers are to follow the cleaning procedures and products set by the Governments Environmental cleaning and disinfection principles.
OPEN VEHICLE WINDOWS
Or vehicle air-conditioning should be set to fresh air, as opposed to recycled air.
OFFER HAND SANITIZER
Drivers will be provided with hand sanitiser where possible by Shebah HQ. It is recommended that drivers carry hand sanitiser to offer riders, if available.
INFORM SHEBAH IF YOU ARE FEELING UNWELL
MAKE THE FOLLOWING PRECAUTIONS OUTSIDE OF YOUR VEHICLE
INFORM SHEBAH IF YOU TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19
the vehicle registration number
confirmation they cleaned the vehicle before the next trip
the date and time they cleaned the vehicle
the date and time of each trip they provide
Important information for Riders
How you can stay safe
Riders who are ‘exposed’, returning from travel or displaying COVID-19 symptoms:
Wherever possible; unwell, ‘exposed’ riders or those returning from international travel, should use a personal mode of transport to minimise exposure to others. If a passenger does require a commercial passenger vehicle to travel to a location of isolation, they must adhere to the following whilst travelling in a Shebah:
Where possible, sit in the back seat of the vehicle
Wash hands or apply hand sanitiser before entering the vehicle
Open windows, where possible
Wear a surgical mask, if available
We ask riders to manage their own luggage into/out of vehicles
If a driver believes a passenger has not taken the above precautions, they may refuse or terminate the trip.
As always, we encourage you to stay at a distance of 1.5m away from passengers at all times.
Important general information for our communities
What we can all do
Where possible, riders will be required to sit in the back seat to increase physical distancing.
While travelling, drivers and riders are required to practice good hygiene by washing hands properly and frequently and by coughing/sneezing into disposable tissues or your elbow instead of into your hands.
Riders and drivers are encouraged to avoid contact with others if unwell.
Passengers are also encouraged to avoid shaking hands with people and allow an appropriate distance between themselves and anyone with flu-like symptoms.
Passengers who experience flu-like symptoms or feel unwell are also encouraged to contact their medical practitioner for advice.
Passengers flying from an overseas trip and using a Shebah should wear a surgical mask, if available.
We are working with the Australian Government Department of Health and the relevant transport authorities in each state and territory to keep our community of riders and drivers up to date with the latest advice and to respond rapidly as the situation changes.
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